The unique opportunity to work directly with professional staff from across the country is awaiting University of La Verne junior Matthew Hernandez, who has been selected as the only undergraduate student to serve as an intern at the annual Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD) conference. The national leadership conference takes place at Southern Illinois University from July 27, 2014 through August 1.
Hernandez, an accounting major, is the student building manager in the Abraham Campus Center. He attended and graduated from the I-LEAD program in 2012, when the national event was hosted on the La Verne campus. Selected from a strong field of more than two dozen graduate and undergraduate students from across the country, the dedicated student worker will be one of two interns selected for this year’s program.
As an intern, Hernandez will work to design, facilitate and coordinate the leadership program for more than 150 student leaders. His work within the Campus Center, and his prior I-LEAD experience, have laid the foundation for his upcoming role where he will present multiple workshops and panels on leadership, coordinate event logistics, as well as work with a community service program and their operations registration. He will gain even more professional and hands-on experience in program planning and event management, and will be working with an exceptional group of professionals. His travel, food, and lodging are all fully paid for by the association.
The I-LEAD program is designed to emphasize the key concept areas of leadership, community development and change. It offers an opportunity for college students to focus on personal growth as well as issues facing our world, and is the premier student program of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). La Verne has been actively involved with the program for more than 15 years and has been sending at least two students to the conference every year since 2005.
Associate Director for the Campus Center Jim Brooks and Assistant Vice President of Capital Planning, Facilities and Space Management Raymond “Chip” West lll, have both been involved with ACUI since 1998, and have served in a variety of leadership roles.
“Matt is an outstanding student leader within the Abraham Campus Center team, he works so hard and rarely gets recognized,” West said.
The I-LEAD internship will be an opportunity for him to showcase his skills, work alongside seasoned professionals, and as reflected in the conference name, lead.